America is facing a bedbug infestation of epic proportions, experts say.
It can be difficult to distinguish bedbug bites from other insect bites. In general, the sites of bedbug bites usually are:
- Red, often with a darker red spot in the middle Itchy
- Located on the face, neck, arms and hands
- A lot of people have no reaction at all to bedbug bites, while others experience an allergic reaction that can include severe itching, blisters or hives.
The reason why they probably earned the title “bed bug” is because a bed is the ideal environment for them to lay their eggs
Adult Bed Bugs are typically brownish color until they have sucked the blood from their human victim then they turn a redish color.
Bed Bugs are nocturnal and usually feast on their human prey throughout the night.
They use two tubes when attacking. One tube uses an anesthetic which makes it almost impossible to feel their bites. The second tube sucks the blood from the sleeping victim.
Females can lay up to 500 eggs in their life time and up to 5 eggs a day. General gestation time for a female to hatch her eggs is usually ten days.
Only takes two weeks for the bed bug to become adult sized.
Newborn bed bugs are hard to detect because they are clear and look like a spec of dust.
Bed bugs when they become adult sized look no larger than a tick.
These bugs love to hide in the seams of your mattress including:
- Sofa seams
- Cracks in the bad frame and or head board
- Under chairs, couched, beds and dust covers
- Under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, baseboards and window casings
- Behind light switches, electrical outlet plates, cracks in plaster
- Televisions, radio clocks and phones
- Backpacks, Sleeping bags, Cloths
- Behind wallpaper, picture frames and other dark areas